productivity

Amid its butter crisis, France could run out of foie gras just in time for Christmas

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Amid its butter crisis, France could run out of foie gras just in time for Christmas
It’s the most wonderful time of year for most, but this year the French may disagree. The country is facing shortages of three of its favorite delicacies as the festive season approaches: butter, foie gras, and wine. Foie gras production has been damaged by France’s battle with bird flu over the last two years, with Read More

Ronald Reagan tried deep corporate-tax cuts before. They didn’t work

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Ronald Reagan tried deep corporate-tax cuts before. They didn’t work
Will sweeping corporate-tax cuts succeed in juicing the US economy and buoying middle-class wage growth? Most assuredly, says the Trump administration, with Congress poised to pass the Republican tax bill. History, however, suggests the opposite. The Trump team’s argument goes something like this: Cutting taxes on businesses will free up profits they will invest in Read More

Are smartphones making us less productive?

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Are we so constantly distracted by our smartphones that it’s making us less productive? This is not an idle thought, but a serious question recently posed by the Bank of England. In a post on the central bank’s blog, Dan Nixon, who works in the bank’s content and strategy department, highlights some of the evidence Read More

The concept of productive procrastination is a myth

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The concept of productive procrastination is a myth
Procrastination may be the world’s oldest occupational hazard. Scholars say it was first identified—as a crafty demon—in Iranian texts that defined Zoroastrianism, an early world religion dating to the 2nd millennium BC. Lately the habit has gained some buoyancy: A handful of psychologists suggest that pushing work off can be beneficial because it enhances creativity. Read More

A better way to think about your busy day

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On New Years Day, without fail, John Grisham starts writing a new book. Five days a week, each morning at 7 a.m., he’s in the same room, sitting on the same chair, tapping away on his trusty computer, and most importantly, with the same cup of coffee. No beeps, pings, messaging, or internet for that… Read More

Automating my job taught me that robots aren’t as scary as we think

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Automating my job taught me that robots aren’t as scary as we think
I learned that robots could do my job just as I was about to graduate from college, in 2010. My university’s computer science department had created a new class for journalists during my senior year, and I had enrolled in a last-ditch effort to acquire marketable skills. At that point, my classmates and I were Read More

Spotify is abandoning the outdated idea of corporate holidays

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Spotify is abandoning the outdated idea of corporate holidays
The idea that employees must take off work only on holidays sanctioned by Hallmark, Christianity, or the US federal government is outdated and inconsiderate. Especially for those employed by American companies, outside the US. Or so says Spotify. As of today, employees of the world’s leading music streaming service are no longer required to observe Read More